Year 4 Explore the Lost Thing Book!

Children have been working on hard on the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. The story is about Shaun who enjoys collecting bottle tops for his bottle top collection. One day, while collecting bottle tops near a beach, he discovers a strange creature. This creature is referred to as “The Lost Thing” by the narrator.

The author has described The Lost Thing as a combination of an industrial boiler, a crab, and an octopus and we have encouraged the class to select adjectives to go with nouns and adding verbs for movements when they have describing an image of The Lost Thing:

A good description was: ‘The lid was spiky and the machine’s legs were yellow as rotten teeth!’

As the class has read through the book we have also focused on emotions of the characters featured in the story and the class has been developing their skills into describing how the characters feel by using the striking visual images featured in the story and short film.

This is one of the final scenes and the children having built up their writing skills, the children wrote a description of what was happening such as: ‘Back I stepped from the door, I felt sad for the Lost Thing because he can’t see me any more as the door closed.’

Great work Pelicans on this interesting book.

[Written by Mr Blows]

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Science Transition at Bridgemary!

Today, those children who will be transitioning onto Bridgemary School next year had the opportunity to take part in a secondary school style Science lesson. 

The first thing the children noticed was that the classroom did not look like the classrooms at primary school and that actually it was more like a laboratory. The teacher made all of the children aware of the safety rules within the classroom before they had the chance to experiment with Bunsen Burners. The children set up, lit and used a Bunsen Burner correctly, which is a dangerous piece of equipment!

They all left feeling extremely excited about becoming scientists at secondary school.

[Written by Miss Trenchard & Dolphins]

Wales Adventure – Final Update 4!

Hello once again from Wales!

Yesterday saw groups tackle canoeing and mountaineering (making sure that everyone has had a chance over the week to do both amazing experiences) and the weather has continued to be “challenging”!

On the final full day of activities, children faced 50mph winds and torrential rain at 840 feet up the mountain! Clinging to bilberry plants on hands and knees, the children fantastically scaled the near vertical climb to reach the summit. Having survived, all then refuelled under an emergency shelter, while Mrs Shephard and Mrs Rattray lit a BBQ outside (as they couldn’t manage the claustrophobic conditions!). Further into the descent back down, Mrs Shephard fell over and rolled stylishly (like a commando-telly-tubby) in oversized waterproofs inflated by the wind – not her wind we might add. This group then faced a 1 mile walk through the abandoned railway tunnel through the hillside and a great time was had by all.

Meanwhile, Mrs Landon’s canoe group excelled at zig-zagging while travelling over the aqueduct. Mrs Landon then got stuck attempting to get out of her canoe, when her buoyancy aid became hooked on a branch (alas, we have not photos of this comedy moment!). Not to be put off, Mrs Landon continued by project managing the entire loading of canoes…. we fear that her poorly finger may have prevented her from lifting them.

The talent show last night ended a fantastic week. A special mention must go to Jenny L, who sang an amazing solo musical diary of her week in Wales. Very brave, exceptionally talented and captivated everyone. It was a very emotional performance too….

What a day – the children continue to impress everyone. A superb week for the Year 6’s – they have all shown excellent determination and collaboration to achieve, overcoming enormous personal hurdles along the way.

We all hope that the Blogs have been useful in giving everyone a small insight into life away from Holbrook at the residential. Thank you for all of your comments, feel free to continue leaving them below – we always love to hear what you think.

A final goodbye to everyone, from all in the Welsh Valleys. We shall see you all later today!

[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates from Mrs Sivier & Mr Plow]

Wales Adventure – Update 3

Hello from Wales!

Today saw children embark on yet more outdoor adventurous pursuits, including a gorge walk and caving. Having slept soundly through the night, children were awoken by fresh bacon sandwiches to fuel their day!

Despite a little more rain (well it wouldn’t be Wales without it!) the children really excelled themselves yet again. During the caving experience, loads of children were delivered “through the postbox” – first class of course! Even when it was dark and the challenges had to be overcome, the children helped each other through and the small and large gaps deep within the caves. The waterfalls were amazing (and extremely cold) but a fantastic time was had by all.

Also today, children had the opportunity to go ‘white-water-rafting’ on their bottoms, in a full and fast flowing river. This exhilarating experience left many of them screaming with laughter – at least the staff think it was laughter – and not outright terror!

Tomorrow, the adventures will continue. It seems that no amount of rain can dampen the Holbrook spirit and the children continue to enjoy their action packed week away from home.

Do keep an eye out for the next update, feel free to leave a comment below to let us know what you think along the way.

Bye for now, from all in the Welsh Valleys!

[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates from Mrs Sivier and Mr Plow]

Wales Adventure – Update 2

Another hello from Wales!

The second day has seen children tackle a range of adventurous activities, including dam building (while actually standing in the river) and an attempt at crossing the stream using team work! The weather had just about held for such events!

Other activities have included a very windy and perilous walk through a pitch black tunnel, with only sticks to scrape the wall as a guide. Some parts were steep and very hard work indeed. Canoe group had an amazing day, seeing ducklings, cygnets, several narrowboats with friendly people and even navigated a lock along the way – great teamwork!

The weather today has been mostly overcast, with the usual splattering of showers and downpours along the way – however, all are still in good spirits and the children are taking it all in their stride, pushing and challenging themselves too! Dinner was burgers, served with cous cous and homemade coleslaw, which was devoured by all!

Tomorrow should hopefully include caving, but it depends on the water-levels following the recent downpours, time shall tell! Keep an eye on the Blogs for the next update and leave a comment below to let us know what you think! Bye for now, from all in the Welsh Valleys!

[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates (and pics) from Mrs Sivier and Mr Plow]

Wales Adventure – Update 1

Year 6 have begun their adventure into Wales today, ready for an action packed week! After a long but exciting minibus journey, children arrived in the rolling countryside of Wales, greeted as always with traditional Welsh weather too!

First stop was a visit to St Fagans Welsh heritage village. This was filled with historical buildings, which are remarkably relocated and restored on site. The children were given a demonstration from one man making leather clogs by hand (£80 for a bespoke pair) each of which takes 10 hrs to make! Mr Plow ordered some to teach PE in!! Another man in the mill gave a fantastic historical talk about Anglo-Saxons and the origins of the English language.

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Trip to the Submarine Museum!

Those children not going to Wales have embarked on their own adventures this week, beginning with a trip to the Submarine Museum in Gosport.

The day began with a guided tour from a real submariner of HMS Alliance – a World War 2 era submarine. The tour was very interesting and filled with amazing places to see inside the submarine, such as the control room, the engine room, the mess (relaxing area) and the loos! We had to climb and duck through the hatches, stepping over all sorts of items on the floor and exploring what life was like for people living in a submarine.

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